Would you jump from here?
… With myself and 4 others gathered at the top of the fall, our guide dutifully pointed out the best angle at which to jump so as not require the services of either a stretcher or neck brace. Then, whilst waving his arms wildly and delivering something akin to an war cry by an Apache with Touretteâ€™s Syndrome, he promptly disappeared over the edge. I stood for a moment, stunned by what I thought I had just seen. It just didnâ€™t add up. Yâ€™know, for a moment I could have sworn that he just jumped off the edge â€“ but surely he canâ€™t have, that would have been incalculable stupidity.
As our guide swam toward the shallows (which, I must say, took a reassuringly long time) he flipped over onto his back and shouted up to the 5 bewildered gringos AKA â€˜Team Terrifiedâ€™ yet to make the jump.
â€œYou must jump out far as you canâ€¦!â€ he hollered, looking exceedingly chuffed with himself and wiping the spray from his hair and face. Almost as an afterthought he followed up with â€œâ€¦And watch out for the rocks!â€ as if we werenâ€™t already well aware of their unyielding, body-busting presence.
To see if he survives, read this trip report from a trek in El Impossible National Park, El Salvador: Wetter and Wilder: Impossible Thrills in El Salvador – UberTramp
If that fall looks too dangerous, consider this leap on the Great Ocean Walk in Australia instead: